The Day the Bookies Wept

The Day the Bookies Wept is a 1939 American comedy film directed by Leslie Goodwins and written by Bert Granet and George Jeske. The film stars Joe Penner, Betty Grable, Richard Lane, Tom Kennedy and Thurston Hall. The film was released on September 15, 1939, by RKO Pictures.[1][2][3]

The Day the Bookies Wept
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLeslie Goodwins
Produced byRobert Sisk
Screenplay byBert Granet
George Jeske
Story byDaniel Fuchs
StarringJoe Penner
Betty Grable
Richard Lane
Tom Kennedy
Thurston Hall
Music byArthur Morton
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
Edited byDesmond Marquette
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • September 15, 1939 (1939-09-15)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


Pooling their resources, New York City taxi drivers designate Ernie Ambrose to go to Kentucky and buy them a racehorse. Ernie leaves behind his sweetheart Ina and spends all their money on a horse, relying on advice from a fake "colonel" by buying a nag called Hiccup.

The horse is useless until Ina discovers via the colonel that Hiccup has a taste for beer. At long odds, she bets $2,000 on the drunken horse to win, which it does, bankrupting bookies all over town.



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